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Peggy Noonan, new MSNBC contributor

Peggy Noonan, best-selling author and contributor to the Wall Street Journal, has been named primetime contributor for MSNBC, it was announced today by Erik Sorenson, President of MSNBC.

Peggy Noonan, best-selling author and contributor to the Wall Street Journal, has been named primetime contributor for MSNBC, it was announced today by Erik Sorenson, President of MSNBC. Her first appearance on MSNBC’s primetime schedule will be on “Scarborough Country,” Monday, May 5, (10-11 p.m. ET).

“PEGGY BRINGS a wealth of political expertise and inside knowledge to our primetime line-up,” Sorenson said. “Both her understanding of Washington and her journalistic talent make her the perfect complement to our hard-hitting team of primetime hosts. We’re delighted to have Peggy’s unique perspective rounding out the variety of opinions on our air.”

Noonan will contribute twice a week to MSNBC, providing commentary and guest appearing on the primetime telecasts, “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” 7-8 p.m. (ET) and “Scarborough Country,” 10-11 p.m. (ET). Noonan will also contribute to NBC News programs throughout the year.

Noonan is a best-selling author of five books on American politics, history, and culture. Her latest book, “A Heart, A Cross, and A Flag,” a collection of Noonan’s columns, will be published by Simon and Shuster this June. Noonan is also currently working on a book about Pope John Paul II, which will be published by Viking Penguin this fall.

In the spring of 2000 Noonan became a weekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page website and contributing editor to the newspaper. In 2002, Noonan was nominated for an Emmy Award for writing a post-9/11 television special, “America: A Tribute to Heroes,” and has been an Emmy-nominated advisor to NBC’s primetime drama, “The West Wing.”

In 1988 Noonan was chief speechwriter for George Bush’s presidential campaign. From 1984 to 1986, Noonan was special assistant to President Ronald Reagan. Prior to that, Noonan was a producer at CBS News in New York, where she wrote and produced Dan Rather’s daily radio commentary, and produced specials for CBS News.

Noonan holds honorary doctorates from Adelphi University, St. John Fisher College, and Farleigh Dickenson University. She received a bachelor of arts degree in English literature from Fairleigh Dickenson University.

Noonan lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. with her son.